The Golem of La Jolla:

Excerpts in Concert

Allan Havis and Michael Roth
San Diego

WOW Music: The Golem of La Jolla

Come to this exclusive sneak concert preview of a new music theatre piece depicting the vivid dystopian crisis in America. La Jolla’s synagogue is persuaded to accept a blasphemous solution to ward off a violent White Nationalist march to their door. Hear excerpts from the exciting, innovative opera’s score and soundscape, prior to the official premiere in spring 2020.

Allan Havis

has taught theatre and film over three decades at University of California, San Diego. As a playwright, his work has been produced widely in the U.S. and in Europe. Nineteen plays have been published including anthologies in Penguin/Mentor, TCG, and Broadway Play Publishing. His young adult novel Albert the Astronomer was published by Harper & Row and Albert Down a Wormhole by Goodreads Press. His completed two chamber operas with renowned composer Anthony Davis and wrote a popular cinema studies book Cult Films: Taboo & Transgression ten years ago. He is Chair of Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego.

Michael Roth

is a composer, sound designer, music director, orchestrator and pianist whose work includes chamber music, film scores, experimental opera, and music and sound for over 250 productions, including Broadway, off-Broadway, Canada’s Stratford Festival, and over 35 productions at La Jolla Playhouse as one of its first artists-in-residence. Recent projects: Henry IV with Tom Hanks; The Tempest with Christopher Plummer, and Plummer’s A Word or Two (Des McAnuff, director); Jews & Baseball (PBS documentary featuring Dustin Hoffman); his chamber music/theatre treatment of Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine, recently premiered in LA, San Diego and Prague; collaborations with Randy Newman (musical direction for Disney’s Princess and the Frog, orchestrations for Faust – La Jolla Playhouse, Encores, upcoming in LA), Tom Stoppard, Stacy Keach, Dan Sullivan, Peter Sellars, Culture Clash, accompanying singers from Alice Ripley to Madonna and Alicia Keyes, new music/theatre with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; and his award-winning (eight film festivals so far) web-series, presented to fight cyber abuse, The Web Opera, streaming now at

More WOW Festival Music:
Trouble in the Wind: Thursday, 8:15 pm
Dream Burglar: Friday, 8:15pm
Montalban Quintet: Saturday, 2:00 pm
Silent Disco: Saturday, 6:00 pm & 7:45 pm
Euphoria Brass Band: Sunday, 2:00 pm
Whitney Shay: Sunday, 5:00 pm

All music performances are FREE and take place at the Show Imaging Festival Stage.


SUN: 11:00am

Approx. Run Time

1 hour


Show Imaging Festival Stage

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – MAP

Patron Notes

All ages.
Viewing area is on a lawn. Personal chairs and blankets encouraged.

Free events are open entry.